Morning Must Reads for Friday, December 2, 2016

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today is the 337th day of the year. There are 29 days remaining in 2016.

Staffers for Clinton and Trump trade barbs at a post-election discussion. Trump goes to Ohio on his victory tour. Chaffetz says he’s not ready to stop investigating Clinton.

The clock:

  • 17 days until the Electoral College meets to cast their votes for president and vice president (12/19/2016)
  • 49 days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President (1/20/2017)
  • 52 days until the first day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (1/23/2017)
  • 97 days until the final day of the 2017 Utah Legislature (3/9/2017)
  • 340 days until the 2017 municipal elections (11/7/2017)
  • 704 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

Ten talking points for Friday:

  1. Tax hikes and Mitt Romney and Donald Trump coming to Utah, oh my! Here’s a video rundown of what happened this week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. If you would prefer your recap in podcast form, we gotcha covered, too [Utah Policy].
  2. Bob Bernick wonders what the opposition to a tax hike to improve Utah’s schools might look like [Utah Policy].
  3. Tom campaign staffers for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get together to rehash the election. It did not go well. Amid a shouting match that took over what was supposed to be a congenial discussion, Clinton staffers accused the Trump campaign of catering to white supremacists in order to win [Washington Post, Wall Street Journal].
  4. Donald Trump goes to Ohio to crow about his deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs from going to Mexico [Politico]. During his speech, Trump took time to take a swipe at Evan McMullin, who he “trounced” in Utah [Tribune]. Sen. Bernie Sanders argues Trump got played by Carrier who just showed corporations how they can beat the president-elect [Washington Post].
  5. Donald Trump taps retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to be Secretary of Defense [Politico]. Trump says he will name “almost all” of the rest of his Cabinet picks sometime next week [Politico].
  6. Donald Trump says he will make his pick for the Supreme Court public “pretty soon” [Politico].
  7. This is troubling. Donald Trump is reportedly considering naming ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State [The Hill].
  8. Donald Trump‘s campaign moves to block the Michigan recount [Politico].
  9. Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he is not ready to abandon his investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server [The Hill]. Chaffetz says he will turn his attention to possibly investigating Donald Trump after the president-elect is sworn in [Tribune].
  10. The fight over Rocky Mountain Power’s request to charge fees to owners of rooftop solar arrays is heating up [Deseret News]. 

On this day in history:

  • 1804 – Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France.
  • 1823 – During his annual address to the U.S. Congress, President James Monroe proclaimed a new U.S. foreign policy initiative that became known as the “Monroe Doctrine.”
  • 1859 – Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, W.Va.
  • 1954 – The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”
  • 1961 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
  • 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.